President Donald Trump tore into the Democrats’ proposal for a Green New Deal during his “totally off script” speech at CPAC on Saturday.
“The ‘new green deal’ or whatever the hell they call it. The new green deal, right? I encourage it, I think it’s really something they should promote,” Trump proclaimed to the packed ballroom in National Harbor, Maryland.
“No planes. No energy. When the wind stops blowing, that is the end of your electric,” Trump continued. “Their plan would remove every gas-powered car from American roads. Oh, that’s not so bad. They want you to have one car instead of two. And it should be electric. Okay. So tell people, no more cars, no more cars … It would end air travel. But you’ll get on a train, don’t worry about it. You just have to cross off about 95 percent of the world. And it would force the destruction or renovation of virtually every existing structure in the United States.”
The Green New Deal resolution was unveiled last month by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), and boasts the backing of the majority of Democratic legislators. It calls for great investment in electric cars and high speed rail in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It has been widely denounced and mocked by Republicans, who see it as a far-fetched proposal which would unjustifiably undermine the quality of life for Americans.